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The Facilities Committee that was created by the WVSD Board of Directors last spring has been meeting on Thursday evenings to develop a plan for dealing most effectively with our growing student population and capacity concerns.


Ryan Mathews has done an outstanding job of leading this effort. While focusing on a long-term plan, the Board is also wrestling with more short-term solutions to our capacity issues. The next school board meeting is on November 13th in the library at West Valley Middle School. Join us for this opportunity to get updated on the discussion.

Posted by WVSD  On Nov 09, 2017 at 11:57 AM


West Valley Citizens for Better Schools (WVCBS) is a group of community members who work to help raise awareness about West Valley School District’s needs.


Their mission is to help the community, families, and school district work in partnership together to prepare long-range facility-use plans and develop strategies for project financing to accommodate our growing West Valley community. They work to educate the community about upcoming bonds or levies and how funds could benefit students both now and in the future.


“We want to help unite this community with the district,” said the group’s president Michael Thorner. “We want to make sure the community has a voice.”


Read more in the news article written by McKenzie Jamieson, WVHS senior and member of the Yakima Herald-Republic’s Unleashed program for teen journalists, by clicking here.


To follow news on Facebook, find the WVCBS page here.


Learn more about WVCBS here.

Posted by WVSD  On Nov 09, 2017 at 11:57 AM


Matthew Holman is left, Shane Ziegler right.

Brandon Battle also worked on the stairs but was not available for the picture.


This year’s Trunk or Treat at Wide Hollow elementary got a boost from our CTE students at the high school. Part of the fun is a "haunted bus" where school staff help hand out candy.


Last year, the kids and their families entered through the service door and exited out the emergency exit onto a foam mat. We had a driver standing by the foam mat to make sure no one fell and hurt themselves.


This year, the wonderful CTE program built stairs for the event. The stairs also conveniently pull apart in two pieces to store easily. These students went all out and did a fantastic job. This work really helped prevent injuries as people used the haunted bus.  


A big thank you to the students and to their teacher Tim Sorenson! We are so appreciative. The students created an outstanding set of stairs that we will use for years to come. We are so proud of them.

Posted by WVSD  On Nov 09, 2017 at 11:55 AM

The Big Nine announced their fall winners of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Big 9 Award.


The NECA and the IBEW recognize these fine scholar athletes. The two organizations are training electricians for the future and encourage high school students to explore, with their high school counselors, a career in the Electrical Construction Industry, which provides above average salary levels and careers that last a lifetime.


These West Valley high school students demonstrate superior performance in academics, athletics, and community involvement:


McKenzie Jamieson, Cross Country


Tanner Cline, Football 


Congratulations, students!

Posted by WVSD  On Nov 09, 2017 at 11:54 AM



Going to college can be challenging for any student. It can be even more challenging for a student with a disability. The student may wonder, “Will I still get my accommodations?” or “Where do I go for help?” or “Is college even an option for me?” 


Kimberly Cook, HS Self-Determination teacher, teaches students self-determination skills such as understanding their disability and how to advocate for themselves. 


In the Self-Determination class, students learn about their disability and their legal right to accommodations. As a result of this education, many HS students with Individual Education Programs (IEPs) have led their annual IEP team meeting. At the annual meeting, the team reviews the student’s progress towards graduation and makes plans for the student’s transition to life after graduation.


In October, Ms. Cook organized a trip to Central Washington University for a group of West Valley High School students with IEPs.  At CWU, our high school students learned how to access advisory and accommodations services and how to access digital tools for study skills and note-taking. CWU students with disabilities shared information about college life and how they are succeeding at CWU with their legal accommodations. Ms. Cook said the main message of the day was “Self-advocacy.” 


Ms. Cook said, “My goal for the class is for students to be successful after they graduate—for them to be successful in the workplace, in college if they choose that route, and in life in general.”  She continued, “We want them to advocate for themselves. Their disability is not going to go away when they walk across that stage in the SunDome, so it’s important that they learn how to live with that and communicate that—so they are successful with whatever they choose. Students need to communicate—in the future, with a spouse, with their friends, and with an employer. For example, if they need instructions in writing, they need to communicate that so they can be successful in the workplace and in their personal life.”


Thank you, Ms. Cook! Keep up this important work! 

Posted by WVSD  On Nov 09, 2017 at 11:54 AM




Since 2014, the West Valley High School Marching Band has collaborated with Jeff Chambers, a composer from the Pacific Northwest, to design their annual show. This year, the show features excerpts from the recording of a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


On October 26, 1967, Dr. King spoke to students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia. In a speech known as "Your Life's Blueprint,” King challenged students to live life with purpose and conviction, to rise above hardship and become the best versions of themselves.


This fall, the show earned First Place at the Sunset Classic Festival of Bands Competition in Hillsboro, Oregon. This is the fourth consecutive year that West Valley has earned a first place trophy at a marching band competition.


Although Tyler Jones is new to his teaching position as conductor for the Marching Band this year, he has continued our tradition of excellence in West Valley!


See the band’s incredible performance here.


Art by students at Cottonwood Elementary


Excerpts from Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech:


I want to ask you a question, and that is: What is in your life's blueprint?


And, I want to suggest some of the things that should be in your life's blueprint.


Number one: A deep belief in your own dignity, your own worth, and your own somebodiness. Don't allow anybody to make you feel that you are nobody. Always feel that you count, always feel that you have worth, and always feel that your life has ultimate significance.


Secondly, in your life's blueprint you must have the determination to achieve excellence in your various fields of endeavor. 


If it falls to your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures. Sweep streets like Beethoven composed music. Sweep streets like Leontyne Price sings before the Metropolitan Opera. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of Heaven and Earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.


If you can’t be a pine at the top of the hill, be a shrub in the valley. Be the best little shrub on the side of the hill. Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail.


Be the best of whatever you are.


Read the whole speech, here


Congratulations to the marching band and color guard! We’re so proud of you all!

Posted by WVSD  On Nov 09, 2017 at 11:53 AM

Veterans—we thank you for your service.


Posted by WVSD  On Nov 09, 2017 at 11:53 AM

We have another excellent example to share of collaborative, blended learning here in the West Valley School District! Our district uses the interactive program Imagine Learning for students acquiring or improving their English language skills.


We’re so pleased to share that students are seeing success and developing their English language skills! We also want to take this opportunity to thank our ELL Instructional Coaches at the High School, Middle Level, and elementary levels who work with teachers on how to best support students learning English.

High school student working collaboratively with a young girl learning to develop English skills.

HS Student working with two students on two different Imagine Learning Programs.


Young girl assisted by a HS Student in reading and applying words to complete sentences.

Posted by WVSD  On Oct 26, 2017 at 1:58 PM



For those of you trick-or-treating with family, friends, and neighbors, don’t forget these safety precautions:

  • Help your children dress appropriately.  Make sure costumes will not become entangled or cause falls. Consider putting reflective tape or blinking lights on costumes—Halloween can be especially dangerous with so many children running near roads.
  • Cross at crosswalks in well-lit areas.
  • Make eye contact with any drivers before crossing.
  • Plan a route ahead of time and know your plan for crossing streets and navigating neighborhoods.
  • Watch for obstacles like steps, string lights, or power cords.


Have a safe and fun evening!

Posted by WVSD  On Oct 26, 2017 at 1:58 PM



It’s National Bullying Prevention Month. At West Valley, we work hard all year to prevent bullying, and October is a great time to raise awareness.

This is an opportunity to talk with children about the realities of bullying and cyberbullying.


A powerful way to prevent bullying is to educate our students, our communities, and ourselves. Please take time to discuss bullying with your family and share what steps kids can take if they witness or experience bullying.


Don’t hesitate to reach out to school counselors or administrators for support. For more information about bullying including warning signs, ways to prevent it, and how to respond, please visit

Posted by WVSD  On Oct 26, 2017 at 1:57 PM
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